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Carpenter dies after falling 16 feet from roof - North Carolina, March 7, 1995.

Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 95-09, 1995 May; :1-7
This report concerned the death of a 46 year old male carpenter who fell 16 feet from a roof onto a concrete porch floor. The employer was a company that manufactured prefabricated structures. The victim was part of a five man crew working on a prefabricated church. At the time of the accident the crew was applying roofing felt to the plywood sheeting on the pitched gable roof of the church. The victim walked backward on the roof, unrolling the felt about 8 feet at a time as the wind was gusting. Facing the victim, about 8 feet away was a worker who was temporarily nailing down the felt. A short distance behind that second worker, two crew members were permanently nailing the felt to the roof. The foreman was also on the roof observing. None of the workers wore any fall protection. The minister called the foreman from the roof to discuss the color of the shingles. The victim approached the edge of the roof, lost his balance, and fell backward, striking first a temporary brace on the skeletal framework of the church's front porch 6 feet below the edge of the roof, and then falling an additional 10 feet to the concrete porch floor, striking his head. He was pronounced dead on the scene; the cause of death was skull fracture. Recommendations were made that appropriate fall protection equipment be used when there is a danger of falling, that a written safety program be developed, that scheduled and unscheduled workplace safety inspections be carried out, and that workers be encouraged to actively participate in workplace safety.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-95-09; Accident-analysis; Construction-workers; Roofing-industry; Accident-prevention; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Construction-Search
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